Sida cordifolia contains ephedrine, which is an amphetamine-like stimulant that can cause harmful side effects. Since April 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned ephedra, Sida cordifolia, and other products that contain ephedrine.
Despite serious safety concerns, Sida cordifolia is used to treat bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, colds, flu, swine flu, chills, lack of perspiration, headaches, nasal congestion, cough and wheezing, urinary infections, sore mouth, and fluid retention. It is also used for heart disease, stroke, facial paralysis, tissue pain and swelling (inflammation), sciatic nerve pain, insanity, nerve pain, nerve inflammation, ongoing achy joints (chronic rheumatism), and unwanted weight loss.
Some people use Sida cordifolia as a stimulant, painkiller, and tonic; and to increase urine production and raise sexual arousal. It is also used before and after cancer chemotherapy to speed recovery from the treatment.
In herbal combinations, Sida cordifolia is used for weight loss, erectile dysfunction (ED), sinus problems, allergy, throat diseases, asthma, and bronchitis. These combinations are also used to burn fat, increase energy, and promote strong bones.
In combination with ginger, Sida cordifolia root is used for the type of fever that comes and goes.
In combination with milk and sugar, Sida cordifolia root is used for urinary urgency and vaginal discharges.
Sida cordifolia is applied directly to the skin for numbness, nerve pain, muscle cramps, skin disorders, tumors, joint diseases, wounds, ulcers, scorpion sting, snakebite, and as a massage oil.
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